Since giving thanks is an essential part of being a Christian Scientist,...

Since giving thanks is an essential part of being a Christian Scientist, I certainly need to express my gratitude for the many blessings that have come into my life from the study of this truly divine Science, which Mary Baker Eddy has given to the world.

A remarkable healing of my brother of an incapacitating disease pronounced incurable by medical specialists brought Christian Science into my life when I was twelve years old. I knew then that this was the truth of real being and that it was the only religion for me.

During high school and the first two years of college I did not pursue the study of Christian Science wholeheartedly. But, upon entering the service in World War II, I registered as a Christian Scientist and had the stimulating experience of meeting some of the consecrated Wartime Ministers who served our Cause so devotedly during that period. As a result of being in contact with two of them at different stations, my attitude toward military service changed completely, and I entered upon work I had often affirmed I would not do. This led to the work I had wanted to do and to the position I had hoped for, one that had previously been denied to me. Everywhere in the service, overseas as well as in the States, wherever I met Christian Scientists I saw healing work going on. I am most grateful for the protection I experienced during that time, and that with the help of Christian Science I came to enjoy my service experience.

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December 6, 1969

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